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every olhausen employee is
cross-trained to ensure they
have a thorough understanding
of the processes.

insists on using only the best materials for its tables,
such as Hard Rock Maple and Northern Oak. Suppliers
are required to document each mill run to ensure lumber
quality. The frame is carefully assembled on a specially
designed bench and moldings are then attached by hand.
A 100 percent-custom pool table, depending on how
intricate the design, can be ordered and at the cus-

tomer's doorstep in six to eight weeks. A semi-custom
table can be completed in two weeks. "We have basic
designs and components customers can pick from,"
Olhausen explains. "We have at least 50 different
models and finishes, and four sizes of each table model. The configuration of these features is where they
come up with a custom design."
Homeowners, mostly ones with established families, are Olhausen Billiards' core demographic. "A pool
table makes the home a hub for the kids," Olhausen
says. "You can keep a better eye on the kids if they are
in the house."

Quality Craftsmanship
Scheduling is key to the manufacturing process at Olhausen Billiards because more intricate tables need to be
placed among those that are less detailed. "Even though
we custom-make each table, there are certain styles that
are similar so we can knock those out and increase our
production runs," Olhausen explains. "If we put all our
hard custom tables on one day that wouldn't work."
Automation is invaluable in the beginning stages of
Olhausen Billiards' manufacturing process. Automated
drilling and cutting allows for four to eight pieces to be
processed at once. "I don't think we would ever get done
with our work without it," Olhausen notes.
Olhausen Billiards continues to look for ways to further streamline its manufacturing process. "We are constantly analyzing our process and determining what machines we can add to make things easier, safer and more
efficient," Olhausen explains. "For example, we put in a
new climate-controlled spray booth that will speed up
the process and are adding a small CNC machine in the
packaging department that will allow us to skip a step
early in the manufacturing process."
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